On the Water 2020

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W hat a year 2020 has been for marine enthusiasts so far! Just as a truly exquisite spring arrived - with weather for boating not far from perfect - so of course did the now infamous Coronavirus and subsequent national lockdown. The quarantines imposed at the end of March had an immediate impact on the sailing & motor boating community. There were no chilly sailors to be found debriefing in the pub after a race, instead replaced with images of world-famous sailing locations lacking sails or superyachts; and yachts left on their moorings waiting for owners to return. Absent were the colourful dinghy sails, the purr of engines along the river or the plethora of kayaks, canoes and dinghies usually out in force over the weekends – instead swathes of facemasks and gloves, the new ‘in Vogue’ canvas. Whilst this has been an uncertain time, Hampshire has navigated through the tricky waters of Covid-19 with aplomb. The boating community in particular did not disappoint in the effort to assist

our key workers and NHS. From sailmaker’s lofts manufacturing vast number of scrubs and PPE bags for Covid-ward NHS staff; to small bakeries (usually supply- ing snacks to hungry water-borne folk) instead producing countless sweet good- ies as a pick-me-up for key staff. A large international racing team in Portsmouth used their advanced boat-building technology and 3D printing machinery to make face shields free-of-charge to local hospitals; their team doctor also lead- ing a ‘red-zone’ Coronavirus clinic. Devoid of ventilators, the palliative care team at Lymington’s modern hospital contributed enormously to a very high success rate in returning patients to their homes. We applaud everyone involved. Numerous businesses repurposed their facilities to produce much needed supplies and PPE to assist our hospitals. Community groups sprang up to main- tain morale and look after the vulnerable in our county. The lockdown truly brought out the best in some of our sailing friends. Happily, the lockdown restrictions began to ease in May and a return to the water became imminent. What better way to socially distance in a relaxed manner than to head out to the South Coast and enjoy the peace and tran- quillity of the rivers and sea? With guidelines from the RYA, DEFRA, British

Marine and The Yacht Harbour Association – not to mention counselling from the Coastguard and RNLI to take extra precautions - marinas along the coast prepared themselves for a return to boating. A tentative optimism is now felt throughout the Lymington boating commu- nity. The threat of Coronavirus remains and we are encouraged to stay vigilant; however sailing, motorboating and enjoyment of the water has become a much needed reprieve from the news cycle. Indeed, getting out onto the water has become a new hobby for many who may not have considered it before. Companies up and down the coast have reported record sales of small powerboats, canoes, RIBs, jet skis, paddleboards – and much, much more, as our community turns to outdoor pursuits. Beach clean-ups around Lymington’s various shores have been organised, the quieter waters have seen a return of rare species to our shallows and whilst this lockdown has been exceptionally trying; we hope it has encouraged a new appreciation and respect for the water and all it has to offer. Theodora Franks | Berthon

Getting back on the water Royal Lymington Yacht Club

W e sailors rise to a challenge. There are plenty of us who have weathered gales and had our courage tested by the sea. Dealing with what’s thrown (or blown!) at you defines the sailing com- munity and so it was as the good ship ‘Nick Cox Yacht Chandler’ adapted to the Covid storm. Trading trickled along during the lockdown as our convenience store provided an essential food service to the Lymington locals. We always keep a good selection of every day food, alcohol and household items in stock. It was our pleasure to offer a free local home delivery service on groceries, especially to those who were shielding. Chandlery remained in demand as those working on maintenance projects – boat and house looked to us to source their items. In all we made in excess of 500 local de- liveries in our afternoons of chan- dlery and groceries during the lockdown period. By mid-May as boating resumed, we introduced a click and collect service in-store and pressed on with preparations to make our- selves Covid secure under the guidelines. All the necessary retail safety measures are now in place so you can shop with us in confi- dence. We also have a Click and

Collect option available through our website or over the phone. Finally on the 15th June we shook the final reefs out of the main and re-opened complete- ly, including our upstairs clothing area with a wide selection of wet- suits and summer sailing gear to suit all types of watersports. To celebrate, you can enjoy at least 15% off all clothing, footwear and sailing boots. We have in stock now a fantastic selection of chandlery and mainte- nance products, including cleaning products, antifouling paint, an- odes, fenders, and 12V batteries. Throughout this period, the Nick Cox crew have been amazing, though that is no surprise - they al- ways are. We have been heartened by the support of our incredible friends and customers and we are deeply grateful to each and every- one one of you, thank you. As the storm blows through and the skies begin to brighten for now, we look forward to welcoming you back in store and some glorious days at sea. Note our revised opening hours whilst social distancing remains in place: Monday – Saturday 8am to 4.30pm Sunday 8am to 1pm

Nick Cox Chandler

Lymington Harbour now open for business

T he Royal Lymington Yacht Club is success- ful on the water and friendly and welcoming ashore. The lifeblood of any yacht club is the shared enjoyment of its Members in getting afloat often with family, friends and competitors. The easing of Government Covid-19 restrictions has allowed the RLymYC to take a considered approach to safely re-opening its Clubhouse and restarting its activ- ities. The Club is now welcoming Members old and new, to enjoy its great location, facilities and cama- raderie at the bar whilst observing Government guidelines. RLymYC Commodore, Roger Garlick said: “It is heartening to finally see white sails back on the Solent with Members of all ages afloat, either sailing single handed, with their household or in a bubble, having fun. As sailors cau- tiously return to the water, I would encourage Members and potential Members to check our website, www.rlymyc.org.uk for details of our updated sailing and social pro- gramme. The Club will be celebrat- ing its Centenary in 2022 is already planning a varied programme of events for that important year.“ In a normal year the Club would run over 200 days of organised sailing, around 400 races and more than a dozen events, which can attract up to 800 entrants. The Club looks forward to a full sail- ing programme in 2021, including the highly successful Thursday Night Racing Series supported by Spencers Estate Agents. The regular cruising calendar includes a wide range of UK and

international events throughout the year for motorboats, ribs and sailing yachts organised by the Cruising Division. Due to the impact of Covid-19 this year the first potential event will be Junior Race Week (August 17-21). Junior and Youth Membership benefits from high quality coach- ing and training in nationally and internationally successful fleets of Optimists, 29ers, Teras, Fevas, Lasers and 420s – many of our Club Members achieve exceptional standards of performance. To help under 8 year olds to join in Club life ‘Shipmates’ offers member families with young chil- dren free support on the water and activities ashore. Wednesday Junior Sailing is an award-winning local commu- nity initiative that has introduced thousands of children from local schools to the fun of sailing for just £1.00 per session since 1980. Covid-19 concerns have cancelled this year’s programme. The Club warmly welcomes those who are interested in the water and would like to become Members. It is not essential for Members to have their own boats as the Club has a dinghy fleet available for hire – including, pad- dleboards, supported by qualified RYA instructors. There is no joining fee for those under 40 years old and subscrip- tions may be paid monthly. The Club is now accepting appli- cations for Membership. If you are interested in find- ing out more please visit the Club website; rlymyc.org.uk/Membership or contact membership@rlymyc.org.uk for further information.

F ollowing the COVID-19 lockdown and further to the Prime Ministers recent announcement, we are delighted to con- firm that we are now open for business and taking bookings for over- night visitor stays from Saturday 4th July. This will be the first opportunity for visiting crews to experience our new Town Quay pontoon facil- ity which was completed in March. The new facility incorporates 46 dedicated walk ashore pontoon berths (including 26 finger berths), all with power, water and Wi-Fi. The revised layout also incorpo- rates 32 fore and aft visitor moor- ings. Although initially the number of visiting boats will be restricted due to Covid-19 safety measures, we look forward to the time when we can use this facility to its full potential. Seen as the ‘gateway’ to the Solent, Lymington is both steeped

in yachting history and with its proximity to the New Forest, is an attractive destination for visiting boats from Britain and Europe and this investment to increase and modernise our walk ashore berths is expected to benefit the local tourist economy by over £1.1m over the next ten years. As well as improving the visitor facilities, the scheme enlarged the commercial landing which will allow bigger boats and more frequent visits from pleasure cruise craft that bring day trip tourists from destinations such as Yarmouth and Cowes. The project also relocated the commercial fishing boat berths, providing better segregation between commercial and leisure boat activities, and upgraded 24 moorings reserved for local resi- dents to pontoon berths. Lymington Harbour, a not for profit trust port sees the £620k investment as a crucial part of its wider sustainability and develop- ment programme that is further supported by research from the British Marine Association who

highlight how the marine sector has created close to £6bn in sales from boating related tourism expenditure in 2018, a 65% growth since 2013. With a vibrant weekly Saturday market, a bustling high street home to award winning restau- rants and independent shops along with a regular calendar of summer events, the Harbour’s investment in the Quay is likely to open up even more opportunities for events and community based projects, an area the Town Council is keen to develop. “We are really delighted with this investment in our sailing facilities. Which, along with the shore side improvements will certainly push Lymington to the forefront of sail- ing in the UK. Along with the rede- velopment of the Quay later this year, will really make our beautiful town the perfect destination for both sailors, visitors and locals, which will certainly boost the local economy”. Councillor Anne Corbridge Mayor of Lymington.

Royal Lymington Yacht Club

New for 2020

46 new walk ashore berths at Town Quay – right in the heart of town All berths with power, water and free WiFi

“Lymington River and its approaches offer a safe haven for yachtsmen. We have a beautiful river and harbour area, and we pride ourselves on offering a friendly welcome to all.” Ryan Willegers, Harbour Master

Only a step away... Charming Harbour with First Class Mooring Facilities

No entry fees for applicants aged 39 & younger Subscriptions can be paid annually, quarterly or monthly Activities on and off the water for all ages

Beautiful Georgian Town & Historic Market

Fantastic Dining Experiences

New Forest Walks & Cycling

Find out more: www.lymingtonharbour.co.uk info@lymingtonharbour.co.uk 01590672014


contact our membership secretary for more information membership@rlymyc.org.uk or 01590 672677

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The Year So Far At BERTHON. The first half of 2020 brought new challenges to face and overcome at Berthon. It would be remiss not to immediately address these, to ensure you know precisely what has been happening at the Big Blue Sheds on the Lymington waterfront. Coronavirus caused a large number of changes on site and Berthon is extremely proud of its staff for their calm and measured response to the pandemic, lockdown and eventual return to work. Berthon’s directors took an extremely cautious approach to the situation as it developed. They implemented every government recommended measure – and many more - to safeguard both staff and the wider public who use and visit Berthon’s facilities. At the heart of every decision has been the protection of the community. Berthon continues to implement new or adjusted procedures whenever necessary, to continue to preserve wellbeing on site. You can find the latest protocols on the website. Pre Covid-19, Marina Manager Luke Machin spent time developing a new ‘You Ask, We Listen’ policy. Investing in Molton Brown hand soaps and lotions for the washrooms and replacing some of the customer trollies (with older ones recycled to the yard!), Luke also added a further washing and drying machine set after it was brought to his attention that the waiting time for laundry was increasing. Berth holders and visitors are the heart of Lymington Marina, with decisions and improvements made with them at the core. If you have taken a trip down the river recently you will have seen a number of impressive boats in residence. These include a Swan 95; a Leonard 74 (now ashore for work); a 30m Feadship; and a 32m Bill Tripp SY. Due to the pandemic these boats, who would normally be cruising the Mediterranean at this time of year, have chosen to use Berthon and its outstanding facilities as their Berthon provide our customers with a full-service boatyard employing 170 staff, with more than 100 of them highly skilled. The skilled workforce includes individuals qualified in engineering, plumbing, boat building, paint spraying, joinery, rigging, marine electrics and electronics, yacht valeting and dry sailing support. A dedicated Project Managers (PM) team oversee any works that are carried out on a boat. If you have a job you would like carried out, all you have to do is make one phone call to your personal PM and they will arrange the rest. Your PM will provide you with a competitive quote for the works required and help guide you through both the process and timescales so that you are kept up to date at every moment. If there is a job that requires additional technical expertise, then your PM can arrange that too. Using Berthon’s project manager system simply means you have more time to appreciate your boat. Work taken is guaranteed to be of the highest standard and guaranteed - leaving your spare time to be more agreeably used enjoying the water. Berthon’s paint facilities are world class, providing an enviably flawless finish. We are able to fit the latest marine technologies from the likes of Raymarine, Garmin, B&G, Simrad and Furuno. Teak deck repairs and refits are carried out in partnership with Moody Teak Decking, as only the best will do. Engine works are overseen by Kevin Ashworth, whose expertise is unsurpassed. Berthon are fortunate to be able to call upon such a wide pool of knowledge in-house. The Projects team understand a seemingly simple task can often uncover something unexpected and increase works, but up to three alternatives are generally offered before Berthon deals with the issue concisely and efficiently on-site and often with minimum or no delay.

port for the year. Berthon Lymington Marina are delighted to offer them perfect access to some of the best cruising grounds in the UK and hope that their crew and owners can fully enjoy Lymington’s wonderful bars and restaurants when it is possible to do so. Berthon recognises that the challenges of the year are not over. Our staff anticipate a long journey to recovery, but we are well-placed to weather this continuing storm. We look forward to things getting back to normal eventually, but in the meanwhile stay safe - and we wish you a truly wonderful summer.

Decontamination of boat interiors now available at Berthon

5 Star, Friendly, Bespoke Service For All. Berthon is proud to offer a 5  , friendly, bespoke service to every guest - whether you stay for one night; or hold an annual berth for 30 years. Berthon has the only washrooms in Lymington with a choice of shower heads, hot boxes to warm your towels and underfloor heating. Also offered is an extensive concierge service, which includes a laundry collection and delivery service, interior and exterior boat valeting, fully managed boat works and project management, and finally help to load or unload luggage or provisions. For a full list of services, ask one of Berthon’s approachable Dockmaster team.

Why should you visit Lymington Marina? Quite simply: the facility is unparalleled; the marina’s staff are incomparable, and the location is truly idyllic. Benefitting from a fully equipped shipyard on site, Berthon can assist in any and all boat work. Come and visit, to see for yourself why Berthon is the number one choice on the Solent. Luke, the Marina Manager, would be happy to show you around on a socially distanced tour of our exceptional premises. Keep an eye out for open day dates (when appropriate) on various social media platforms and in the press!




Gemini have gone from strength to strength since Berthon RIB Solutions were appointed as the sole builder and distributor for the UK and Ireland a little over 18 months ago. Gemini’s values of exceptional quality, unparalleled after- sales service and a simple, accountable process are at the heart of our operation in Lymington. Paired with the incredible facilities on site, this partnership has allowed Berthon to uphold these standards to the letter. This year Gemini welcomed Simon Booth, previously quality manager at Princess Yachts, to oversee production excellence. Sales Manager Andy Andrews and Simon have ensured the legendary Gemini name is filled with the gravitas it deserves. Using Berthon’s DNA in building lifeboats, they have implemented a number of new systems to ensure at every stage of production, boats remain faultless. A constant process of re-evaluation and continuous improvement mean Berthon and Gemini will remain at the forefront of UK RIB-builders. Gemini RIBs are renowned for their all-round reliability and their capacity to stand even the roughest weather. The boats constructed at Berthon are truly the 4x4’s of the ocean. Contact Andy on 01590 673312 to arrange your test drive today.

Berthon are thrilled that production has started of the Cox Powertrain CXO300, the purpose British designed, patented and built 300hp diesel outboard engine. After several years of intensive development and testing, this represents a major milestone - as well as a defining moment for the marine industry. Significant investment has been made to introduce a manufacturing plant capable of producing up to one engine per hour. Berthon Power is the exclusive distributor for UK & Ireland and are always at the forefront of embracing new technology. We are proud to be promoting this sophisticated, market- disrupting engine and have the first demonstration engine this month. The ‘no faults forward’ production line design removes any possibility of assembly error, ensuring every single outboard meets Cox’s requirement for the highest standards of quality. The engines are verified on a suite of purpose-built test cells, which put each engine through its paces, before shipping to our premises in Lymington. Extended sea trails of the engine will be carried out from our state of the art facilities in Lymington. To book a sea trial or to make an enquiry, please contact Simon Barnett on 01590 647 448 or email simon.barnett@berthon.co.uk

If you would like Berthon to quote for carrying out work to your boat, please contact the Project Managers on the numbers below. • Tom Cload - Boat Moving & YMR Manager 01590 647413 • Kevin Ashworth - Engineering Manager 01590 647436 • Matt Hart - Dry Sailing, Valeting, Guardiennage & YMR Manager 01590 647440 • Jim Catterall - Electrics & Electronics Manager 01590 647411


With the phone ringing off the hook at VersaDock it would be easy to forget that we are in the midst of a global Pandemic. HQ is now located at a kitchen table; which also accommodates a home-school! The pace has not slowed at all, and it is clear the demand for solutions including floating pontoons, Jet ski docks and drive on docks is high. Versadock do not restrict themselves to the confines of traditional on the water solutions. At the beginning of the lockdown the idea of an on-water floating glamping/isolation pod was born. A relaxing, on the water space, for quiet contemplation or perhaps an artist’s studio. Whatever the project, Versadock are ready to listen and help turn ideas into reality. Already ISO certified, this year Versadock have added to their gamut by achieving a CE mark of approval. "CE Mark and ISO certification are important milestones for Versadock," said Chris Davison, sales manager for the company. "Versadock’s commitment to quality, service and innovation have always been key to the company’s success. Now, with both CE Mark Approval and ISO accreditation, Versadock can offer

unrivalled certainty to its customers and expand into new markets”. Since the 1st of June the installation team have been busy fitting bunk systems, Jet Ski docks and drive on docks across the South Coast. A customer in Port Solent took the time to thank VersaDock for their work, commenting: Hi Chris, The dock is brilliant. I am the envy of my neighbours. Jack and Ryan were great and really cracked on with the job, especially impressive considering how hot it was. Both really knowledgeable and couldn’t do enough to help. Thanks If you would like to discuss your project or if you would like a demonstration of the drive on dock at Berthon Lymington Marina, please contact Chris Davison on 01590 671300.

The BHG Marine team are proud to remain the #1 UK dealer of Yamaha outboards and have greatly enjoyed the first year at their new Bath Road address. BHG Marine’s portfolio of brands sold are exceptionally high quality and the impeccable standards of service fit precisely with the Berthon ethos. Many of the BHG Marine team have been with the company for a number of years, bringing a wealth of expertise and have added further capability over the past 6 months. If you walk along Bath Road you will see a fantastic range of Jeanneau motorboats as well as multiple ranges of known brand tenders and outboards. Feel free to pop into the showroom and find out how you could become a proud new boat owner. BHG hold a huge number of boats in stock on site available for immediate viewing and delivery and are always on the lookout for used RIBs and sportsboats to vary their offering. During the last year BHG have developed their workshop facilities and onsite services, resulting in quicker turnarounds on engine servicing, new engine and electronics installations and general repairs. Torqeedo electric motors sales have significantly increased over the last year, as many

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boaters are enjoying the benefits of green boating combined with the reliability and durability that electric motors offer. Through the lockdown, BHG started a closed-office “click and collect” spare parts service via advanced website ordering, and a contact-free pickup service. Customers are able to collect their purchases in person but also retain the ability to ask questions from a safe social distance, with a sanitation station available. Despite the complexities of the last few months, the start of this year has seen excellent sales with customers looking to smaller, more versatile boats to enjoy the glorious spring and potential increase in staycations this summer. Give BHG a call to find out about their extensive range of boats available.

BHG Marine Ltd | The Shipyard | Bath Road | Lymington | SO41 3YL Sales : 01590 613600 | Parts : 01590 613603 sales@bhg-marine.co.uk | bhg-marine.co.uk

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Enquire today about our rolling Annual Berths starting throughout the year. We are proud to offer a 5  , friendly bespoke service to every guest. Whether you stay with us for one night or hold an annual berth for 30 years.

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Set Sail on the Solent this summer with LYC Events

E very once in a while a special project comes to BH Boatyard Services. Our customer has been bringing his beautiful

wooden yachts to us for the past 17 years! So when he decided to pur- chase a Freeman Attrill 40 and have extensive works carried out he had us specifically in mind. He

wanted to completely strip exist- ing coatings all over, top and bot- tom, have new paint and varnish systems applied plus have a new wheel house constructed and fit- ted (amongst other works). When you have built up a good relation- ship with our craftsmen over many years you know the type of quality work they are capable of and you will be confident in their approach to a very detailed project. And the results speak for themselves. She will soon be sitting on her mooring on the Hamble ready for the sea- son and we are already looking for- ward to her return in future years. We pride ourselves on the qual- ity of our work and our long term relationships with all of our cus- tomers. B H Boatyard Services are here for the time when you want something special in life!

Want to get out on the water?

Ideally placed for both harbour and sea sailing, Highcliffe Sailing Club is passionate about promoting and facilitating the enjoyment of dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and windsurfing for the whole community. New members always welcome. Please contact Ian - office@highcliffesailing.co.uk Further information about Highcliffe SC can be found on our website www.highcliffesailing.co.uk Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

N ow that lockdown restric- tions have eased why not plan a stress free staycation this summer by chartering a yacht with LYC Events? Whether you are looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion with family for the day, or looking for a trip closer to home to replace a cancelled holiday, sailing on the Solent with LYC Events is an unforgettable experience. Each trip is tailored to the client’s needs, but certain things come as standard across the fleet of luxury yachts, including a highly trained and experienced team to look after

you and your guests. And rest assured, as well as being in safe hands, all boats are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between charters inline with government guidelines. Setting sail from the historic market town of Lymington on the edge of the New Forest, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, you’ll be aboard a 50ft yacht . Sailing down the Lymington River out into the picturesque waters of the Solent, you’ll have the opportunity explore these local waters and see various sights such as Hurst Castle and Fort Victoria, from a different perspective. Having worked up an appetite from all that fresh sea air, it’s a short sail to the beau- tiful Isle of Wight. Yarmouth, a historic town on the north coast of the island has plenty of culinary delights – from the newly opened

Terrace restaurant or garden at the George Hotel both with far reaching views of the Solent to the more rustic delicatessen where you can pick up some sandwiches to eat back onboard. After lunch it’s time for a leisurely sail out to the historic island landmark of the Needles before cruising back to the home port - unless of course you have opted to stay onboard overnight and then you choose where you want to drop anchor or moor up for a well deserved sundowner! For further information and to discuss your requirements please contact John Arnold, Managing Director


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can supply everything from sheets & halyards to mooring lines all spliced and ready to go including any shackles or fittings required. Should you have a racing dinghy or a superyacht we can meet your needs. RIGGING — For your safety on-board your mast and rigging require regular inspection. We offer a rig report service to put your mind at rest and provide you and your insurance company with a ‘health check’ of the rigging. A full

written report is £140 plus VAT. Should the report show defects we have all the facilities to carry out repairs or make replacements. We can also service your winches and check your furling systems. GAS — Systems onboard also need regular checking and we have our certified marine engineer available to give full reports on the condition of your appliances. As well as providing new installations we can repair and service your existing cooker and offer guidance when needed. We would advise having your gas system checked on a yearly basis and at only £65 plus VAT it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. Off the water we also deal with industrial, commercial and archi- tectural work. From sports ground roped off areas to wire balustrades on buildings we cover a multitude of areas. Even wire strops for vin- tage cars! Don’t wait for a problem to arise, call Ocean Rigging on 01590 676292 to find out how we can help you.

R un by Yachtsmen for Yachtsmen, Ocean Rig- ging, with its wealth of expertise, is a ‘one stop’ shop for all your rigging needs. We are based in the Lymington Yacht

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Highcli e Sailing Club

H ighcliffe Sailing Club is look- ing to the future with a very positive vision. Ideally located on Mudeford Quay, the Club runs regular dinghy racing, all year long, both in Christchurch’s sheltered harbour and out in the wonderful playground of Christchurch Bay. The club also enjoys regular Social Sailing, Friday night Ladies That Launch sessions, Blokes in Boats training, Open Meetings and Family Fun Days offering something for everyone.

Over the last 2 years, the Club has welcomed a huge uptake in kayak and paddleboard mem- bership and has already built racking for over 50 kayaks, it is also home to “The Paddlers” water sports group. Highcliffe Sailing Club has also recently invested in a new generation of dinghies for hire available to all its members, enabling those who are not yet ready to buy their own boats to get out on the water. The Club has fully refurbished the ladies changing rooms, has undergone a bar and Clubhouse refit and is now ready to host social evenings and events on its unbeatable west facing, sunset terrace.

For all information, please contact Ian at office@highcliffesailing.co.uk

Lymington Town Sailing Club ‘Returns to the Water’

L ife and work goes on at the Jeremy Rogers boat yard in the Lymington Yacht Haven. Like every business we had to stop and take stock when Covid-19 struck and work out if and how we could operate safely within the guidelines. Fortunately, a combination of the incredible weather and the nature of our work which allows us to operate at a distance from each

other and often outside meant we were able to keep ticking over safely by furloughing some of our workforce whilst others continued working throughout. A combina- tion of our Atlas Davits, specialist composite work for the MOD and on-going boat refurbishments meant there was enough varied work to keep going safely. Our new build Contessa 32 has been stead- ily progressing ready for launch later this summer and anyone who has walked past the yard will have seen a line of vintage Contessas awaiting their refurbishments.

We’ve also been restoring a beautiful old classic wooden Plymouth Hooker (pictured). One thing which seems clear is that people have reconnected with the water this summer; partly it’s the weather but partly it’s the reimag- ining of possibilities and priorities that lockdown has allowed. A sail- ing boat allows you to dreamand to travel, it allows you to be self-con- tained and relatively self-sufficient whilst also crossing borders and exploring. It’s perhaps not surpris- ing that we have had more enquir- ies about Contessas in the last 3

months than we have in the last 3 years. It’s not been an easy time but it has certainly made us realise what a great team we have and what a loyal customer base we have too. Sometimes it takes a crisis to bring things into focus and whilst the last few months have clearly been a very difficult time with much more to come – it’s not all been bad. Thanks to all our staff, customers, suppliers, and our landlords at the Lymington Yacht Haven who have helped us through.

O ur original schedule of activities for 2020 included more sailing than ever before for both dinghy and yachting, with beginner courses, coach- ing, racing, cruising, fam- ily sailing, kids sailing, ladies sailing and much more. That original plan came to a dramatic halt in March and our focus shifted to introducing a whole range of online ac- tivities and how we, as a club, could help our com- munity. The online activities proved highly successful and ensured we maintained a connection and ac- tivities for all ages within the club. However, the enduring memory of this lockdown period will undoubt- ably be the way in which our mem- bers and partners rallied around to support our community with some amazing initiatives. This included the creation of plastic PPE, collection of sanitis- er bottles, volunteering for local council services and the creation of a sewing team that create face masks and full sets of scrubs for our local community nurses. We are very grateful to all the Sewing team, the organisation team, the generous donors allowing us to buy the fabric and Sanders Sails for the cutting. Lymington & Pennington Town Council were appreciative of the club involvement and comment- ed, “Lymington Town Sailing Club contacted the Town Council very early on in the Covid-19 situation, offering the kind assistance of its members to the Community Hub which was created in the crisis. Not only have they helped with shopping and collecting prescrip- tions for vulnerable people, which

are huge tasks, but hand-made face masks were also made, pro- viding reassurance to those wish- ing to venture out for essentials. A 3D printer was even in action to create plastic visors. The kindness shown by LTSC members in assist- ing the community at this strange time has been tremendous and the Town Council cannot stress enough how important this has been to those they have helped.” We are absolutely delighted that some sailing and other water activities have now resumed af- ter the lockdown and that we are also welcoming new members that • Team Building • Yacht Charters • Client Hospitality • Marine and Land Events • Events

have joined during this closed pe- riod. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming club that can accommodate all ages, abili- ties and sailing experience. Addi- tionally, we support a range of non sailing activities and a very active social scene which ranges from formal dinners, family and kids events to rugby on the big screen. If you would like any further information or would like to arrange a visit to the club to see what we do, contact our team on office@ltsc.co.uk or call 01590 674514 during office hours.

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